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A Heart-Healthy Family Meal

(Family Features) Making small changes to focus on your health, like following a healthy eating plan, can make a big difference in protecting your heart.

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A Heart-Healthy Family Meal

(Family Features) Making small changes to focus on your health, like following a healthy eating plan, can make a big difference in protecting your heart.

Developed by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) is a flexible and balanced eating plan that helps create a heart-healthy eating style for life. It requires no special foods, and instead provides daily and weekly nutritional goals to help lower two major risk factors for heart disease: high blood pressure and high LDL (bad) cholesterol.

As an added bonus, sharing DASH-friendly meals with your loved ones can help take the guesswork out of putting nutritious dinners on your family’s table. For example, this easy and delicious Turkey and Beef Meatballs with Whole-Wheat Spaghetti recipe is one the entire family can help prepare.

In addition to a following a healthy eating plan, other self-care habits like taking time daily to destress, being more physically active and getting enough quality sleep can all benefit your heart. It’s also important to know what your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels are and what a healthy weight is for you.

Learn more about the DASH eating plan and find recipes at nhlbi.nih.gov/DASH.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

Turkey and Beef Meatballs with Whole-Wheat Spaghetti

Recipe courtesy of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Servings: 4

  • 3          quarts water
  • 8          ounces dry whole-wheat spaghetti
  • 2          cups chunky tomato sauce
  • 4          teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1          tablespoon fresh basil, rinsed, dried and chopped

Turkey Meatballs:

  • 6          ounces 99% lean ground turkey
  • 1/4       cup whole-wheat breadcrumbs
  • 2          tablespoons fat-free evaporated milk
  • 1          tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2       tablespoon fresh chives, rinsed, dried and chopped
  • 1/2       tablespoon fresh parsley, rinsed, dried and chopped

Beef Meatballs:

  • 6          ounces 93% lean ground beef
  • 1/4       cup whole-wheat breadcrumbs
  • 2          tablespoons fat-free evaporated milk
  • 1          tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2       tablespoon fresh chives, rinsed, dried and chopped
  • 1/2      tablespoon fresh parsley, rinsed, dried and chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. In 4-quart saucepan over high heat, bring water to boil.
  3. Add pasta and cook according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  4. To make turkey meatballs: In bowl, combine ground turkey, breadcrumbs, evaporated milk, Parmesan cheese, chives and parsley; mix well. Measure 1 1/2 tablespoons turkey mixture and roll into ball using hands. Place meatball on nonstick baking sheet. Repeat until eight turkey meatballs are made.
  5. To make beef meatballs: In separate bowl, combine ground beef, breadcrumbs, evaporated milk, Parmesan cheese, chives and parsley; mix well. Measure 1 1/2 tablespoons beef mixture and roll into ball using hands. Place meatball on nonstick baking sheet. Repeat until eight beef meatballs are made.
  6. Bake meatballs 10 minutes until minimum internal temperature of 165 F is reached.
  7. Warm sauce, if necessary.

To serve: Serve four meatballs with 3/4 cup pasta, 1/2 cup sauce, 1 teaspoon Parmesan cheese and 1 pinch basil per portion.


SOURCE:
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

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Rebecca Jo is a mother of four and is a creative soul from Phoenix, Arizona, who also enjoys new adventures. Rebecca Jo has a passion for the outdoors and indulges in activities like camping, fishing, hunting and riding roller coasters.

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Reese’s has really gone wild this time. Introducing Reese’s Dipped Animal Crackers

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Everyone’s favorite candy brand unleashes its latest snack item – bite size Animal Crackers covered in peanut butter candy and dipped in milk chocolate

HERSHEY, Pa. /PRNewswire/ — Reese’s is charging into your snack drawer with its new snack option – Reese’s Dipped Animal Crackers. Worlds collide and this nostalgic childhood snack meets your favorite chocolate and peanut butter candy.

Reese’s is charging into your snack drawer with its new snack option – Reese’s Dipped Animal Crackers. 

These bite-sized animal crackers are covered in peanut butter candy and dipped in milk chocolate to give you that delicious Reese’s taste, now in a snack form. It’s an absolute zoo inside. Featuring 13 different animal shapes from lions to bears, your tastebuds are sure to go “Oh, my!”

Reese’s Dipped Animal Crackers

Reese’s Dipped Animal Crackers are sweet and crunchy creating the ultimate snack. They’re truly something to howl about,” said Nowell Kahle, manager, Snacks & Grocery at The Hershey Company.

Fans can grab Reese’s Dipped Animal Crackers available now nationwide. For more information, click here

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About The Hershey Company

The Hershey Company is headquartered in Hershey, Pa., and is an industry-leading snacks company known for bringing goodness to the world through its iconic brands, remarkable people and enduring commitment to help children succeed. Hershey has approximately 19,000 employees around the world who work every day to deliver delicious, quality products. The company has more than 100 brand names in approximately 80 countries around the world that drive more than $8.9 billion in annual revenues, including such iconic brand names as Hershey’s, Reese’s, Kit Kat®, Jolly Rancher and Ice Breakers, and fast-growing salty snacks including SkinnyPop, Pirate’s Booty and Dot’s Pretzels.

For more than 125 years, Hershey has been committed to operating fairly, ethically and sustainably. Hershey founder, Milton Hershey, created the Milton Hershey School in 1909 and since then the company has focused on helping children succeed.

To learn more visit www.thehersheycompany.com

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Valentine’s Recipes You’ll Love to Share

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(Family Features) If the way to your loved one’s heart is through the stomach, there’s no better way to start off this Valentine’s Day than with a homemade breakfast prepared with love.

Whether you’re whipping up a breakfast for a spouse with a sophisticated palate or trying to tempt the taste buds of your littlest loves, explore these ideas to get inspired.

  • Red is the color of love, so build your menu around fresh strawberries or raspberries, which pair perfectly with French toast or crepes, and can even dress up a simple cereal.
  • For a more sensible menu, opt for a fruity berry smoothie or a parfait layered with fresh fruit, low-fat yogurt and granola. Add a hint of loving indulgence by sprinkling dark chocolate shavings on top.
  • Show your affection with a plate of these colorful Cocoa-Kissed Red Velvet Pancakes featuring rich 100 percent cocoa, buttermilk and fresh berries. Heart-shaped cookie cutters lend a special touch to these fluffy, flavorful pancakes. Add sweet garnishes like powdered sugar and berries for a sensational way to say “I love you.”

Find more recipes you’ll love to share with your nearest and dearest this Valentine’s Day at Culinary.net.

Cocoa-Kissed Red Velvet Pancakes
Recipe courtesy of Nestlé
Servings: 10 pancakes

  • 1          cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4       cup granulated sugar
  • 3          tablespoons Nestlé Toll House Baking Cocoa
  • 1          teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2       teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt
  • 1          large egg
  • 1          cup reduced-fat buttermilk or low-fat milk
  • 2          tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2    teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1          teaspoon red food coloring
  • heart-shaped pancake cutters or cookie cutters (optional)
  • butter, for garnish (optional)
  • powdered sugar, for garnish (optional)
  • maple syrup, for garnish (optional)
  • fresh berries, for garnish (optional)
  1. In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt; stir well.
  2. In separate large bowl, whisk together egg, buttermilk, unsalted butter, vanilla extract and food coloring. Add to flour mixture; stir to combine. Allow mixture to sit 5 minutes.
  3. Heat nonstick skillet or griddle over medium heat. Brush with oil or butter. Add about 1/4 cup batter to skillet. Cook about 2 minutes, or until bubbles start to form on top. Flip and cook 1-2 minutes, or until bottom is lightly browned. Serve immediately with butter, powdered sugar, syrup and berries, if desired.

Tip: If using pancake or cookie cutters, be sure to coat with oil so pancakes don’t stick. Place cutters in skillet and pour batter into cutters. Remove cutters before flipping.


SOURCE:
Culinary.net

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Celebrating National Peanut Butter Day

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National Peanut Butter Day on January 24th recognizes an American staple in our pantries. Whether creamy or chunky, with chocolate or with jelly, peanut butter gets the recognition it deserves each year on this day. ( National Day Calendar)

Peanut butter is a food paste or spread made from grounddry-roasted peanuts. It commonly contains additional ingredients that modify the taste or texture, such as salt, sweeteners, or emulsifiers. Consumed in many countries, it is the most commonly used of the nut butters, a group that also includes cashew butter and almond butter (though peanuts are not nuts, peanut butter is culinarily considered a nut butter).

Peanut butter is a nutrient-rich food containing high levels of protein, several vitamins, and dietary minerals. It is typically served as a spread on bread, toast, or crackers, and used to make sandwiches (notably the peanut butter and jelly sandwich). It is also used in a number of breakfast dishes and desserts, such as granolasmoothiescrepescookiesbrownies, or croissants. (wikipedia)

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Link: https://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-peanut-butter-day-january-24/

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